The Government of Saudi Arabia has signed the contract with Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia for the construction of five Avante 2200 corvettes for €1.8 billion.
This deal represents the largest in the history of Spanish public shipyards with a foreign client.
The contract, which has been negotiated with Saudi Arabia since 2015, will involve a global workload of around seven million hours for the shipyards of Bahía de Cádiz, Ría de Ferrol and Cartagena and its auxiliary industry. It is, therefore, a key contract to guarantee the work activity of Navantia, mainly for its shipyard in Bahía de Cádiz.
The program will start later this year and the last vessel will be delivered in 2022. In addition, Navantia will be responsible for life cycle support for five years, from the delivery of the first vessel, with an option for an additional five years.
The new corvettes, based on Navantia’s Avante 2200 Combatant design, will be adapted to Royal Saudi Navy requirements offering advanced features, including behavior at sea, high survival capacity and operating capacity at extreme temperatures in the area of the Gulf, all with an optimum life cycle cost.
Venezuelan Navy already operates four ocean patrol vessels (Spanish: Patrullero Oceánico de Vigilancia de la Zona Económica Exclusiva, POVZEE) based on Avante 2200 Combatant design known in Venezuelan service as Guaiquerí-class. In comparison with the Venezuelan vessels, the Saudi corvettes will be heavily armed and more multirole.
The design of the corvettes is state-of-the-art, maximizing at the same time the participation of Navantia incorporating its own products such as the CATIZ combat system, the HERMESYS integrated communications system, the DORNA firing direction, the Integrated Platform Control System, (IPCS) the MINERVA integrated bridge and motors and gearboxes.
The corvettes has a displacement of over 2,500 tons, a hull length of 98.9 m and a maximum speed of 25 knots. The vessel has a crew complement of 92.
They can accommodate a 10t class helicopter and can deploy two 5.5m Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB).
The contract also includes the supply of various services such as integrated logistic support, operational and maintenance training, supply of Training and Training Centers for the Combat System and Platform Control System for ships, Support for Life Cycle, and the systems for the maintenance of the ships in the Naval Base.
In addition to the corvette contract, Navantia has agreed with the Saudi state-owned company, SAMI (Saudi Arabian Military Industries) for the creation of a Joint Venture (JV) in Saudi Arabia.
This alliance benefits Navantia and allows to strengthen the defense programs in Saudi Arabia, reinforcing its business in line with the Vision 2030 promoted by the Government of this country.
This Joint Venture is an exceptional opportunity to position the integrated systems and technologically advanced solutions of Navantia in the Saudi market and its area of influence, and is aligned with the company’s internationalization strategy.